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'Haunted Hallway' set at Sequim High

Sequim High School's annual "Haunted Hallway," an afternoon of fun, games and candy for youths 10 years or younger, is scheduled for

1-4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the school's H building, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The event is free and features face painting, a donut-eating contest, Sequimopoly game, cake walk and more.

"Haunted Hallway" is sponsored by high school clubs.

For more information, call 582-3600.

Get published

The Peninsula College 2009 Tidepools staff is seeking submissions of poetry, prose (short stories and essays), art and photography (black_and_white or color) for publication in the annual literary and art magazine. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 12, 2009.

The juried contest is open to amateur and professional writers as well as artists of all ages in Clallam and Jefferson counties

Tidepools consists of contest_winning entries, as well as other submissions selected by the Tidepools staff.

Cash prizes are awarded in adult and youth categories for poetry, prose, art and photography. Noncontest entries (which do not require an entry fee) will be considered for publication in the magazine but will not be eligible for prizes.

Entry forms are available at the Peninsula College library and The Bookaneer bookstore; at all public libraries; Twice Loved Books and Pacific Mist Books in Sequim; Port Books & News, Odyssey Bookshop and Olympic Stationers in Port Angeles; and all Peninsula College extension sites.

Winners will be announced by March 9, 2009. For more information, contact or call Michael Mills at 417_6361.

Discover the wild world

of fungi at the PTMSC

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is hosting two opportunities to learn more about the wild world of fungi - better known simply as mushrooms. A one-hour slide presentation and talk will be offered from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, an all-day workshop will be given from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Friday evening event will be held at the Natural History Exhibit in Fort Worden State Park and the Saturday workshop will begin there. Space is limited to 10, so call the PTMSC office at 360-385-5582, ext. 104 to make reservations and for fee information.

Make a difference

"Make A Difference Day," which benefits Project Linus, will take place from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road. Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that gives a sense of security, warmth and comfort to seriously ill or traumatized children by providing them with a blanket. The Washington Peninsula Chapter of Project Linus has delivered more than 9,000 blankets thus far. For more information regarding Project Linus or Make A Difference Day, or to drop off a new handmade, washable, dryable blanket, contact Pat Gracz at 360-797-7311, or Boni Parker at 360-379-5535,

Serenity Shops benefit United Way

Both Serenity House of Clallam County thrift stores will donate their net daily profits to the United Way campaign on Wednesday, Oct. 29. The Port Angeles Thrift Store is located at 502 E. First St., and the Sequim Thrift Store is at 215 N. Sequim Ave. Serenity House has provided housing and supportive services to homeless individuals and families in Clallam County since 1983.

Black Ball Ferry Line eliminates

fuel surcharge on MV Coho

Black Ball Ferry Line has eliminated the fuel surcharge for travelers on the MV Coho ferry between downtown Port Angeles and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Due to the rapidly rising cost of fuel, the company found it necessary to implement a variable fuel surcharge of $1 per person and $2 per vehicle on June 1 in order to help cover its increased costs.

For complete schedule and trip planning information, visit

Flu season is approaching

and vaccine is available

More doses than ever of influenza vaccine will be available this fall. Vaccine has arrived in Washington and shipments will continue in the coming weeks. Every year an average of 36,000 people in the United States die from flu-related illness and more than 226,000 people are hospitalized.

This year the vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months to 18 years, expanding vaccination to all school-age children. This population catches influenza at higher rates, even though they don't get as sick as younger children.

Everyone can benefit from an annual flu vaccine, and for many people, it's crucial. This includes young children, pregnant women, anyone over age 50 and people of any age with a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma. Residents of nursing homes or long-term-care facilities and people living with or caring for a high-risk person, including health care providers, should be vaccinated. People are urged to use their regular health care providers for immunizations. For help finding an immunization clinic, call the Family Healthy Hotline at 800-322-2588. Watch for updates in the Sequim Gazette regarding locations providing flu shots.

Grow the Granges

Washington State University Extension in Clallam County hosts "Recreating the 'Culture' in Agriculture" from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Sequim Prairie Grange. The purpose is to explore how the new generation of small farmers in Clallam County who are interested in developing a more vibrant, sustainable local farm and food system might work with local Granges to develop social networks, enhance economic cooperation, strengthen relationships and foster a strong sense of rural community. The guest speaker is Michael Ableman. To register, call the WSU Extension office in Clallam County at 417-2279.

Boy Scouts host food drive

The Boy Scouts of Troop 1491 are hosting a food drive for the Sequim Food Bank, which takes place until Oct. 26 at the Sequim QFC. The drive will shore up the shelves at the food bank, which is running low on food and donations.

Clallam County

regional outreach luncheon

The board of directors and staff of Seattle Children's Hospital, formerly Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, will present information about the latest developments and plans for the hospital, including a guest speaker discussing physical therapy provided to children receiving care at the hospital. Prizes will be given and a sale table will offer great buys.

Seattle Children's Hospital covers four states: Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. From its inception in 1904, it has treated all children in need of care without regard to their families' ability to pay. Guilds throughout the four-state region raise money to help defray the costs of care without compensation provided by the hospital.

The program, sponsored by the Sequim Guild of Children's Hospital, will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave., on Friday, Oct. 31. Socializing and shopping will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Reservations and advance payments are required. To secure a place, send a check for $16 per person to: Regional Outreach, 132 Christian Lane, Sequim, WA 98382. For more information, contact Nan Burris by calling 582-0629 or e-mailing

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